As I have been reading a number of articles on the shooting, I was struck by the emphasis so many have put on the fact that the shooter was an ex-Marine.
What does his service record have to do with his crimes
I would suspect even a half-hearted attempt at some fact checking would probably reveal the fact that local, county and state police also have a few Marines in their respective departments. Is that any more or less relevant than the service record of a murderer?
That is the nature of being a Marine. It is with you long after you leave the service. Unlike butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers, we're always Marines. Good or bad. We expect that if we make the news, the USMC also makes the news.
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. ('Atlas Shrugged' 1957)"
Unfortunately these shootings are all too common and IMHO people are no longer shocked and so the news will try to make a headline of anything that will be different or newsworthy from the last one. Very sad state of affairs.
I hadn't really looked at CNN or FOX, (or MSNBC). I was looking primarily at "print" media. The only reports I saw that didn't mention ex-Marine in the headline, were the ones written before his identity was released.
I was never a Marine myself, choosing to do my 25 years with the Air Force. But I see no reason to emphasize on a criminal's military background unelss it is relevant to the story. As I said before, it's a good bet that some percentage of the police on the scene also served as Marines. Why isn't their service a part of the story?
If military service is so important to shooting stories, why wasn't the lack of military service by the Aurora shooter highlighted?
People are probably more likely to read the story if there is something catchy about it. If there was an article that said "man murders mother." It might be more likely to sellif it said "former police officer (insert any interesting job) murders mother."
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Mar 14, 2017 1:44:19 GMT -4